03 May 2009

Wizard: The 50 Best Comic Book Movies of All Time

Wizard, you may know, is pretty much the magazine when it comes to the world of comic books.  In fact, their current official title is Wizard: The Guide to Comics.  Yesterday, I managed to attend my first ever Free Comic Book Day and among my haul was a sampler-sized issue of Wizard that featured (among other things) this ranked list of their top 50 movies based on comic books.
  1. Iron Man
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. X-2: X-Men United
  4. Spider-Man 2
  5. Batman Begins
  6. 300
  7. Ghost World
  8. Sin City
  9. Superman II
  10. Persepolis
  11. Spider-Man
  12. A History of Violence
  13. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  14. X-Men
  15. Batman (1989)
  16. Superman: The Movie
  17. Hellboy
  18. The Incredible Hulk
  19. Wanted
  20. Road to Perdition
  21. Blade
  22. The Rocketeer
  23. The Crow
  24. American Splendor
  25. V for Vendetta
  26. Men in Black
  27. Akira
  28. Oldboy
  29. Heavy Metal
  30. Death Note
  31. Blade II
  32. The Mask
  33. 30 Days of Night
  34. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
  35. TMNT
  36. Batman Returns
  37. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  38. X-Men: The Last Stand
  39. Danger: Diabolik
  40. Mystery Men
  41. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  42. Spider-Man 3
  43. Ghost in the Shell
  44. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  45. Superman Returns
  46. Shogun Assassin
  47. Swamp Thing
  48. Fantastic Four (2005)
  49. Timecop
  50. Constantine
What makes this list interesting is to contrast it with the 2006 edition:
  1. X-2: X-Men United
  2. Spider-Man
  3. Superman II
  4. Superman
  5. Road to Perdition
  6. X-Men
  7. Ghost World
  8. The Rocketeer
  9. Batman (1989)
  10. Blade
  11. Akira
  12. Men in Black
  13. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  15. The Crow
  16. American Splendor
  17. From Hell
  18. Blade II
  19. The Mask
  20. Conan the Barbarian
  21. Timecop
  22. Daredevil
  23. Batman (1966)
  24. Swamp Thing
  25. Batman Returns
  26. Mystery Men
  27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
  28. Howard the Duck
  29. The Punisher (1989)
  30. Spawn
  31. Men in Black II
  32. Bulletproof Monk
  33. Return of Swamp Thing
  34. Judge Dredd
  35. Barb Wire
  36. Batman Forever
  37. Superman III
  38. The Crow 3: Salvation
  39. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
  40. The Crow 2: City of Angels
  41. Supergirl
  42. Tank Girl
  43. Captain America
  44. Conan the Destroyer
  45. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  46. Fantastic Four (1994)
  47. Virus
  48. Red Sonja
  49. Steel
  50. Batman & Robin
From then till now, some titles have fallen out of favor; others have become seen in a better light (for one reason or another).  Somehow, Ghost World remained at the #7 position.  One nice thing about the CGI era is that comic-based movies have gotten much better in quality; no longer must things like the never-released 1994 Fantastic Four be included.

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